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Colombia under threat from Chávez

Venezuela may be supporting leftist guerrillas in Colombia


 

Colombia under threat from Chávez When Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez turned up at a news conference in Caracas last week with anti-tank rocket launchers in tow, it was clear he meant to send a message to Colombia. Now, after weeks of escalation, Chávez says he’s bracing for all-out combat with his South American neighbour.

Relations between the two countries hit rock bottom in late July, when Colombian officials announced that weapons found in the hands of FARC—Colombia’s largest guerrilla army—came from Venezuela. The discovery could not have come at a worse time; tensions had already been mounting due to Colombian President Álvaro Uribe’s recently announced plans to house American troops at its military bases.

“These bases could be the start of a war in South America,” Chávez charged. “We’re talking about the Yankees, the most aggressive nation in human history.” Denying any aid to FARC rebels, Chávez pulled his ambassador from Bogota and warned of a host of new trade restrictions.

The situation seemed to improve last weekend, when Chávez voiced his hope to resume “the path to an agreement with Colombia.” But this was the (very brief) calm before the storm. On Sunday, Chávez accused Colombian troops of crossing the border into Venezuela. Uribe’s government denied the incursion, but Chávez still ordered his military to ready itself for armed confrontation, saying “the winds of war were beginning to blow.”

In the meantime, evidence of Venezuelan aid to Colombia’s left-wing FARC guerrillas is building. Most recently, emails found on a computer seized from a FARC leader suggest collaboration with senior Venezuelan officials.

Chávez continues to deny that he assists the rebel group, which is classified by the U.S. as a terrorist organization, deflecting the blame to his favourite adversary. “The [U.S.] empire is an expert at making brothers fight,” Chávez told a crowd of supporters. “Provoking a war between Venezuela and Colombia is among the Yankee empire’s plans.”


 

Colombia under threat from Chávez

  1. ooh boy this one could get hot and quickly –

  2. Why did you leave out evidence that Hezbollah has ties with Valenzuela and drug trade? Chavez is probably as worried about his ties to Iran and hezbollah being exposed as he is about US moving it's Central America base from Ecuador to Columbia.

  3. I used to be a Chavez Supporter until he went all Supreme leader for life and like that.

  4. Hugo is begging to get his ass kicked. The U.S. is moving armed forces into several Columbia military bases. This should be interesting.

    What will "Great Leader" do if Hugo causes casualties of U.S. military personnel?

    • Ecuador is not in Central America, it is in South America, like Colombia is.

      Colombia is spelled like I just did, like the article did, not like you did.

      Chavez is a clown, he's saying that the US is making brothers fight. Colombia will never start a war against Venezuela, that leaves Chavez with the decision to attack first. He is capable of making brothers fight by picking a fight with Colombia. He's wanted to do it for quite some time now, regardless of US presence in Colombia or not.

      The US will not have bases in Colombia, they will have limited access to Colombian bases and will not have the right to attack any country from such bases. The bases are Colombian, ran by the Colombian military. This article is missing a big chunk of the story, just like many other articles about South America in MacClean's.

      I do not recomment this magazine for South American news.